The episode of me in Lihpao Land featured some pretty epic screams. Lihpao Land is a theme park in Taichung, central Taiwan. While it isn’t very big and fancy with dazzling LED lights, it has a local, rustic charm. Most of the visitors were Taiwanese, but there were some tourists who have probably heard of its name due to the one and only tilt rollercoaster in the world which is located in Lihpao itself, Gravity Max.
Gravity Max has received the accolade of being one of the scariest rollercoasters in the world by several blogs. It is 39 metres high and has a 90 degree vertical tilt and once you are tilted, you have to endure a pretty long terrifying wait facing the ground (I haven’t actually counted it, but it’s probably more than 15 seconds) before you drop. Having tried it both at the front and the back ends, I give the verdict that the back is a whole lot scarier, because it is so much farther away from the ground. If I had taken on the challenge sitting at the back, I would have lost. I practically screamed my head off from when the coaster just started tilting all the way till it made its sharp descent.
It was definitely one of my favourite rides though Galactuc Spin was a close second as it was just somehow a really fun, carefree spinning ride. Energy Storm, the one which I ‘practised’ my pretty embarrassing five kinds of screams before trying, was a little too much for my head which its endless twirls and whirls.
One ride that was unexpectedly fun was Crown Swinger. While it may be a kids’ ride without the heart-racing thrills of other rides in Lihpao, it was a beautiful, enchanting ride with the shimmer of lights adorning it in the darkness of the night. I did feel rather like a fairy perched on a swing that spun around a magical glowing tree.
When I was in Taichung, we managed to end our filming early, so we made our way down to Fengjia Night Market! I wasn’t quite enamoured by Taipei’s street food, to me, they were usually too greasy, but Taichung’s street food somehow was much more delicious.